Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. announced it has donated $10,000 to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to help fund veterinary care for search and rescue dogs serving in areas damaged by tornadoes.
The funds will contribute to any necessary medical care. Injuries such as lacerations and damage from dermal and inhaled toxins are commonly suffered by dogs in the line of duty, according to VPI.
There are only 200 federally certified search and rescue dogs in the country, making their abilities valuable and unique, however when an accident or injury occurs the medical fees can exceed the veterinary care stipend handlers receive, VPI states.
AVMF was established as the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1963. In the last decade, the foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $9 million to help veterinarians help pets.
Visit AVMF's website for more information.